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Periodontal Diseases and Cardiovascular Conditions

What is the corrolation between Periodontal Disease and Heart? Periodontal disease can affect your overall health, it may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Plaque that develops on your teeth is the same plaque that causes heart attacks, if untreated that same bacteria will escape into the bloodstream and travel through the arteries which results in blood clot to cause heart attack.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease Includes:

• Persistant Bad Breath
• Red, Swallon or tender gums
• Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
• Loose teeth
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
• Mouth sores

You can prevent plaque build up by brushing at leaset twice a day and flossing every day. Along with visiting your dentist every 3 to 6 months. If you maintain your oral health you may decrease the bacteria that is present in your heart. Make sure your dentist is well aware of your heart condition, additional precaution may needed. Such as pre-medication prior to your dental visit. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you keep your mouth in check and allows your dentist to also detect oral and overall health problem.

Correlations between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Diabetes means that you have too much glucose (sugar) in your body. If you have diabetes, it can lead to serious health problems that can cause harm to your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important system in the body. However, there are also some oral health implications associated with diabetes. The most common and potentially harmful oral health problems are gingivitis and periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease where the gums and bone supporting the teeth become seriously damaged and result in tooth and bone loss. People with Diabetes can have dry mouth, redness and swelling of the gums, poor healing process in the mouth, burning sensation and thrush.

Patients with inadequate blood sugar control appear to develop periodontitis more often and more severely and lose more teeth than those who control their diabetes. People with diabetes have decrease flow of saliva, which leads to dry mouth and dry mouth leads to tooth decay. If you suffer from dry mouth, ask your dentist what types of artificial saliva substitute you can use. Drink plenty of water, Fluoride rinses or gel can be used to prevent tooth decay.

Visiting your dentist regularly should be part of your regimen and your dentist should know any changes in your medical condition. Information like this will help your dentist determine what type of treatment in necessary for you. Always tell your dentist what types of medication you’re on, amount of insulin you take. Always provide your dentist with your last A1C and fasting blood glucose. In general diabetics with hemoglobin level of A1C less than 7% is considered well controlled anything above 8% is considered to be poor controlled.

Things you should do to control your periodontal disease

• Follow up home care, maintain good oral hygiene
• Visit your dentist regularly to prevent periodontal disease and other health complications from developing.
• Brush Twice daily and floss
• Don’t smoke, smoking makes gums disease worst.
• Use fluoride Mouth rinse and Toothpaste